As we prepare for the upcoming volleyball season, we want you all to know how excited we are for the season. We look forward to helping each of you grow and reach individual goals that you will set for yourselves as well as some team goals that we will set as a team. Not only do we want you to grow and improve as volleyball players but as individuals, growing and maturing into the women God has called you to be.
Everywhere that you go, you are a reflection of SVHE, this program, and your family. You will conduct yourself in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. You will show respect to the officials, other teams, and other coaches.
As mentioned previously, we are a family and like any family, conflicts can arise. We all have different personalities and emotional responses to stressful situations. First and foremost give one another the benefit of the doubt rather than assuming the worst and secondly, communicate with one another. Successful families and teams have good communication. Underlying tension and bickering will destroy a team.
Your grades are important. It is YOUR responsibility to do your schoolwork and keep your grades up so you can play. Playing volleyball is a privilege. One of my favorite sayings is, “Do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do.” Live that. Volleyball requires additional work and resources from your parents, be appreciative of that and show that appreciation by being diligent with your schoolwork and in your responsibilities within your family.
The only way that we can improve as a team and be successful is to be at practice. It is hard to plan for practices, games, and rotations if everyone is not present. You signed up to be a part of the team, therefore, you have an obligation to your coaches and your teammates to be there. We do not have large numbers so even one girl missing effects everything. We can develop skills on an individual level but can only improve as a team with everyone there. The more we are able to work on our rotations in game situations, the more comfortable and confident everyone becomes with one another and the more success we will have in games. We only practice three days a week for most of the season, which allows two days for doctor’s appointments and any other things that need to be scheduled.
If you are not going to be at practice, Coach Sexton needs to be notified as soon as you know. Practices are scheduled with the expectation that everyone is present. The drills chosen, who is partnering with whom, and full team drills are affected so early notification allows for proper adjustments to be made.
You need to be at practice in enough time to get your shoes on, go to the bathroom, get a drink, etc. and be ready to start promptly when practice is scheduled to begin. Habitual lateness will result in extra conditioning.
The coaches will do their absolute best to create a program that is fair, consistent, and unselfish. Our focus is building team players and winning as a team. The coaches do not guarantee equal playing time for every team member. You get out of practices and games what you decide to put into them.
On the B team level, we consider that a time of skill development and preparation for A team play, therefore we do make a concerted effort to get everyone in games and plenty of playing time for each girl. In volleyball, the way substituting works and the fact that each girl plays a specific position makes it virtually impossible to give equal playing time all the time. All that being said, attitude, willingness to work hard and being coachable in practices can affect the amount of playing time a player gets.
If the player or parent of the player has a concern with something that a coach is doing, it is fine to ask questions at the appropriate time and place. If this is necessary, please contact Coach Sexton to schedule a meeting that will include Coach Bird, Coach Sexton, Coach Pfannenstiel, parent(s), and the player. All of our expectations and efforts are for the betterment of the players and this team. The success we experience as a team, and the positive experience these girls have as individuals, is our ultimate goal. Please help us reach that goal.
After reading through this handbook, please have both the parent and player sign at the bottom of this page. These signatures show that you agree with everything in the handbook. If you do have questions or concerns, please give us a call anytime. Coach Sexton: 785-787-7061 and Coach Bird: 785-493-4668
We are thankful for each girl who has decided to play volleyball this year and we look forward to a great season!
Coaches Sexton, Bird and Pfannenstiel